British office workers blame their colleagues for their inability to diet, a new study has shown.
The study shows that desk-based office employees put on an average of 10 pounds during their first year of employment.
But rather than taking responsibility for their own weight gain, 64% of people point the finger at co-workers for bringing in too many cakes and treats. A further 14% of office workers feel under constant peer pressure to join in when 'goodies' are passed round. 24% can’t resist the unhealthy snacks brought in to celebrate birthdays and other events.
Six in 10 British office workers admit they do need to lose weight - but in the current working environment most only last a total of six days on a diet before cracking under pressure.
Other finding include:
- 74% of office workers admit to consuming far more food at work than they ever would do at home.
- 73% of office workers believe the sedentary nature of their job has led to them putting on weight.
- A fifth of respondents eat more sweet treats at work in a bid to be more sociable, and four in 10 always go out for a pub lunch if an office colleague suggests it.
- And 16% claim that even when they try to stop thinking about food, someone in the office will be talking about it.
- As well as finding it hard to say no to colleagues, 21% of people admit that if the snacks are there in front of them, they are impossible to resist.
Source: The Co-operative